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Raffles and minor gaming

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Raffles and gaming activities are popular fundraising tools, but are often highly regulated and, depending on which states and territories you are running them in, may require permits and reporting.

There are often significant lead times involved in arranging a raffle or gaming activity, as well as significant administration. This may impact on the attractiveness of these activities for your organisation.

Related links - other jurisdictions

Caution

If your promotion crosses state boundaries, you may need to comply with the regimes in multiple states.

The fact sheet below outlines the raffle permit application process in Victoria including information on:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles? 
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes
  • what happens when someone else runs a raffle on behalf of your organisation?

Additional resources

Related legislation

Related links - Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) resources

 

The fact sheet below outlines requirements for holding raffles in New South Wales including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles? 
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes
  • what happens when someone else runs a raffle on behalf of your organisation?

The fact sheet below outlines requirements for holding raffles in Queensland including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, and when is a permit required?
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes

The following fact sheet outlines requirements for holding raffles in South Australia including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles?
  • collecting for charitable purposes
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes

The following fact sheet outlines requirements for holding raffles in the ACT including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles?
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes

The following fact sheet outlines requirements for holding raffles in the NT including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles?
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes

The following fact sheet outlines requirements for holding raffles in Tasmania including information regarding:

  • what is a raffle, what laws are relevant, who regulates raffles?
  • legal obligations for holding a raffle and requirements for raffle prizes
  • ongoing record-keeping obligations and how raffle ticket sales are treated for tax purposes

Last Updated: 28 July 2021